pets

Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

Sometimes, beauty can be a death sentence. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the demand for decorative feathers devastated the populations of birds like great egrets and birds of paradise. Today, it is the exotic pet trade that threatens bright birds with extinction.  A new study published in Current Biology September 15 found that […]

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    Florida Bans 16 Invasive Species, Including Popular Pets

    Florida Bans 16 Invasive Species, Including Popular Pets

    Despite public resistance, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to ban the possession and breeding of 16 high-risk invasive species. The new ruling, approved late last month, includes Burmese pythons, Argentine black and white tegus, green iguanas and 13 other high-risk, non-native snakes and lizards which “pose a threat to Florida‘s ecology, economy, […]

    Climate Change Is Prolonging Flea and Tick Season for Pets

    Climate Change Is Prolonging Flea and Tick Season for Pets

    Cat and dog owners dread seeing ticks or fleas on their furry friends. These parasites can spread disease and make pets itchy and miserable. “It can be so bad that they cause lots of skin damage from their nails,” says Brian Herrin, a veterinarian at Kansas State University. “They get secondary infections. They’ll lose their […]

    Animals as Therapists?

    Animals as Therapists?

    Therapeutic riding as occupational therapy, dogs visiting children with learning disabilities in school or hens spending time with seniors in elderly homes – so called animal-assisted interventions are manifold. But administering treatments by professionally trained therapists and maintaining animal welfare are key, says Dr. Andrea Beetz. She is a psychologist, researcher and teacher and has […]

    How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster

    How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster

    By Daisy Simmons In a wildfire, hurricane, or other disaster, people with pets should heed the Humane Society’s advice: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your animals either. Whether your charge is a lap dog, bird, outdoor cat, or farm animal, planning ahead for a potential evacuation can help you protect […]

    Can Your Pets Get and Transmit Coronavirus?

    Can Your Pets Get and Transmit Coronavirus?

    By Annette O’Connor, Jan Sargeant and Sarah Totton Humans and animals share many diseases. And as dramatically shown by the tigers that tested positive in the Bronx Zoo, the coronavirus is one of them. As three veterinary epidemiologists who study infectious disease, we have been asked a lot questions about if and how the coronavirus […]

    5 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner

    5 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner

    I eat mostly a plant-based diet, I say no to plastic straws and I’m trying to cut back on driving. But for my rescue pup Lela, I’ll spoil her with a bit of grass-fed lamb, one of the most carbon-intensive meats out there. As a person who spends the whole work week writing and thinking […]

    Is Your Pet Exposed to Glyphosate? New Study to Offer Tests and Investigate Risks

    Is Your Pet Exposed to Glyphosate? New Study to Offer Tests and Investigate Risks

    By Julie Wilson We know that humans increasingly test positive for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto‘s Roundup weedkiller. For example, in tests conducted by a University of California San Francisco lab, 93 percent of the participants tested positive for glyphosate residues. In the European Union, when 48 members of Parliament volunteered for […]